By the numbers: The ties that bind Scott, Rose


Justin Rose and Adam Scott are separated by two weeks in age, and thanks to their breakthrough major victories this season the pair will remain linked in the record books for years to come. Here's a look at the paths of two players who both earned a maiden major win at age 32:

July 1980: Both players are born just days apart; Scott celebrates his birthday on July 16, while Rose was born on July 30.

July 1998: As a 17-year-old amateur, Rose holes out on the 72nd hole at Royal Birkdale to finish tied for fourth and earn low amateur honors. He turned professional the next day, but would miss the cut in the first 21 starts of his professional career.

June 2000: After a storied amateur career in Australia, Scott turns pro and earns a European Tour card for the following season.

January 2001: Scott records his first professional win at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, an event in South Africa that is co-sanctioned by both the European and Sunshine tours. His winning margin is one shot over – yep, you guessed it – Justin Rose.

January 2002: After finishing runner-up to Scott the year prior, Rose returns to record his maiden win at the Dunhill Championship. He would go on to add another win at the British Masters, while Scott also won twice on the European Tour during the 2002 season.

September 2003: Scott is the first of the pair to break through in the U.S., claiming the Deutsche Bank Championship by four shots to win on the PGA Tour for the first time.

March 2004: Already with five international wins under his belt, Scott takes home one of golf's most-coveted trophies, winning The Players Championship by one shot. At age 23, he becomes the youngest-ever to win what is unofficially termed as the 'fifth major' on the PGA Tour.

November 2006: Scott continues his prolific rise, winning the Tour Championship at East Lake for his fifth career PGA Tour win. Halfway around the world, Rose ends a four-year winless drought, claiming the Australian Masters by two shots.

June 2010: One month after Scott hoisted the trophy at the Valero Texas Open for his eighth career PGA Tour title, Rose finally breaks through on the American circuit, claiming the Memorial Tournament by three shots. He would add the AT&T National title a month later, which was temporarily played at Aronimink Golf Club in Philadelphia as the tournament's usual venue, Congressional Country Club, was being prepped for the 2011 U.S. Open.

August 2011: Scott adds a WGC title to his credentials, triumphing at Firestone Country Club by four shots to take home the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational trophy. It is his ninth PGA Tour win and 19th victory as a professional.

March 2012: Rose joins Scott as a WGC champion, claiming the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral. It marks his fourth PGA Tour title and 11th as a professional.

July 2012: Scott comes achingly close to winning the claret jug, but bogeys his final four holes to finish one shot behind champion Ernie Els. It is the second runner-up finish in a major for Scott, who also tied for second at the Masters in 2011 behind Charl Schwartzel.

August 2012: Rose ties for third at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, nine shots behind eventual champion Rory McIlroy. The finish marks the Englishman's best result in 34 major championship starts as a professional.

April 2013: Only nine months after experiencing heartbreak at Royal Lytham, Scott takes home his first major championship in dramatic fashion, prevailing at Augusta National over 2009 Masters champion Angel Cabrera on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. The win moves the 32-year-old to No. 3 in the world rankings.

June 2013: Rose tames Merion Golf Club to win the U.S. Open for his first major win. The victory allows him to supplant Scott, the reigning Masters champion, as the third-ranked player in the world.